World Habitat Day 2012
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2012. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The United Nations chose the theme Changing Cities, Building Opportunities because cities are the engines of growth. It is in the cities that many realise their dreams of a better life. Even if this is not achieved, still many more leave the rural areas and flock to the cities for no other reason than the promise of a better future and prosperity. This they achieve by either getting jobs or by starting businesses which at one point not only provide for the owners but even other employees thus creating jobs.
Under this theme, UN-Habitat wants to underscore the need to plan our cities better because as has also been stated, unplanned growth of cities lead to chaotic development and urban sprawl. When well planned, cities can continue to afford opportunities to both the current and future residents. This dovetails with the new UN-Habitat campaign, I am a city changer which seeks to involve all in making their cities a better place to live.
Sri Lanka Celebrates World Habitat Day 2012
In Sri Lanka, the government and partner agencies celebrated the World Habitat Day, with the main event taking place under the patronage of President of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, held at the Colombo Municipal Council Grounds on 1st of October 2012.
This event also marked the culmination of the "Habitat Week", declared by Construction, Engineering, Housing and Common Amenities Ministry of Sri Lanka, which started on September 24th.
Please find below links to local news coverage on the event;
Daily News, Monday, 1st October 2012: Providing decent home for all, govt’s aim – President
The government is committed to provide opportunities for people to live in a decent home of their own in a clean and congenial environment said President Mahinda Rajapaksa presiding over a ceremony to mark World Habital Day held at the Colombo Town Hall grounds today ....Click here to read the full article.
Sunday Observer, Sunday, 30th September 2012: Shelter for all
A column, "Thorns on the Side", by Pramod de Silva discusses the significance of the World Habitat Day.
If you visit any major city on any continent, you will notice people living on the sidewalks, with only a few belongings and even a pet or two. The street is their home. They do not have a place to call home ......Click here to read the full article.
Daily News, Monday, 1st October 2012: World Habitat Day falls today: Over 30,000 families benefit from 200 CMC habitats
The national celebration for the 26th World Habitat Day which falls today will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Colombo Municipal Council Grounds at10.30 am, Construction and Engineering Ministry sources said .....Click here to read the full article.
Asiantribune.com, Tuesday, 2nd October 2012: President Rajapaksa assures to create a better surrounding environment that allows everyone to live in a better home
Commemorating the United Nations’ World Habitat Day in Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he will ensure to create a better surrounding environment that will allow everyone in Sri Lanka to live in a better home .....Click here to read the full article.
Colombo Page News, Friday, 28th September 2012: Sri Lankan minister calls on empowering low income earners to develop capital city
Housing, Construction and Engineering Services Minister of Sri Lanka Wimal Weerawansa says the Colombo city that has seen much development would not reach the proper level of development without strengthening the low income earners .....Click here to read the full article.
Daily Mirror, Tuesday, 25th September 2012: Cricket encounter on World Habitat Day 2012
Coinciding with the World Habitat Day which falls on October 1, 2012 a cricket encounter by 216 youth teams from urban habitats has been organised by the Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services. ..... Click here to read the full article.